counts, counting, counted
1) VERB When you count, you say all the numbers one after another up to a particular number.

He was counting slowly under his breath...

[V to num] Brian counted to twenty and lifted his binoculars.

2) VERB If you count all the things in a group, you add them up in order to find how many there are.

[V n] At the last family wedding, George's wife counted the total number in the family...

[V n] I counted the money. It was more than five hundred pounds...

[V num] I counted 34 wild goats grazing...

[V-ed] With more than 90 percent of the votes counted, the Liberals should win nearly a third of the seats. [Also V]

Derived words:
counting N-UNCOUNT usu the N of n

The counting of votes is proceeding smoothly.

Count up means the same as count.

Also V n P V P n (not pron) Couldn't we just count up our ballots and bring them to the courthouse?

3) N-COUNT: usu supp N A count is the action of counting a particular set of things, or the number that you get when you have counted them.

The final count in last month's referendum showed 56.7 per cent in favour...

At the last count the police in the Rimini area had 247 people in custody.

4) N-COUNT: n N You use count when referring to the level or amount of something that someone or something has.
See also , pollen count

A glass or two of wine will not significantly add to the calorie count...

My husband had a very low sperm count.

5) N-SING: N of num You use count in expressions such as a count of three or a count of ten when you are measuring a length of time by counting slowly up to a certain number.

Hold your breath for a count of five, then slowly breathe out...

The fight ended when Mendoza landed a hard right to the chin of Palacios, who went down for a count of eight.

6) VERB If something or someone counts for something or counts, they are important or valuable.

Surely it doesn't matter where charities get their money from: what counts is what they do with it...

It's as if your opinions, your likes and dislikes just don't count...

[V for amount] When I first came to college I realised that brainpower didn't count for much...

[V for amount] Experience counts for a lot in poker.

7) V-ERG If something counts or is counted as a particular thing, it is regarded as being that thing, especially in particular circumstances or under particular rules.

[V as n/-ing/adj] No one agrees on what counts as a desert...

[be V-ed as n/-ing/adj] Any word that's not legible will be counted as wrong...

Two of the trucks were stopped because they had tents in them, and under the commanders' definition of humanitarian aid, that didn't count...

[be V-ed n/adj] It can be counted a success, in that it has built up substantial sales. [Also V n n/adj, V n as n/-ing/adj]

8) VERB If you count something when you are making a calculation, you include it in that calculation.

[V n] It's under 7 percent only because statistics don't count the people who aren't qualified to be in the work force...

[be V-ed as n] The years before their arrival in prison are not counted as part of their sentence. [Also V n as n]

9) N-COUNT: on supp N You can use count to refer to one or more points that you are considering. For example, if someone is wrong on two counts, they are wrong in two ways.

`You drink Scotch,' she said. `All Republicans drink Scotch.' - `Wrong on both counts. I'm a Democrat, and I drink bourbon.'

10) N-COUNT: usu N of n In law, a count is one of a number of charges brought against someone in court.

He was indicted by a grand jury on two counts of murder.

11) PHRASE: V inflects, oft PHR of n If you keep count of a number of things, you note or keep a record of how many have occurred. If you lose count of a number of things, you cannot remember how many have occurred.

The authorities say they are not able to keep count of the bodies still being found as bulldozers clear the rubble...

She'd lost count of the interviews she'd been called for.

12) PHRASE: v-link PHR If someone is out for the count, they are unconscious or very deeply asleep. [INFORMAL]
13) PHRASE If you say that someone should stand up and be counted, you mean that they should say publicly what they think, and not hide it or be ashamed of it.

Those involved and benefiting from it must be prepared to stand up and be counted.

14) to count your blessingssee blessing
Phrasal Verbs:

English dictionary. 2008.


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